Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sick Veterans Sue KBR Over Iraq and Afghanistan Burn Pits


A lawsuit was filed alleging that KBR, Inc.
 endangered the health and safety of American soldiers in
Iraq and Afghanistan by exposing them to huge quantities of toxic 
dust, fumes and other air pollution by burning unsorted waste in vast 
open-air pits without any safety controls.

 

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in New Jersey by the law 
firm of Jon L.  Gelman LLC on behalf of two military veterans whose 
illnesses – which include respiratory disease, chronic cough,
 debilitating headaches, and neurological skin disorders – were
 allegedly caused by 24/7 hazardous emissions from burn pits.

 

KBR is accused of operating burn pits in such an unsafe manner that
 they permitted thick, noxious smoke emerging from the flames,
 sometimes colored blue or green by burning chemicals, to hang over US
 bases and camps across Iraq and Afghanistan since 2004.



According to the complaint, the burn pits are so large that tractors 
are used to push waste onto them and the flames shoot hundreds of feet
 into the sky. KBR allegedly burned waste such as biohazard materials
 including human corpses, medical supplies, paints, solvents, asbestos,
 items containing pesticides, animal carcasses, tires, lithium 
batteries, Styrofoam, wood, rubber, medical waste, large amounts of
 plastics, and even entire trucks.

 

Attorney Jon L. Gelman said, “it is alleged that KBR failed to follow
 prescribed safety protocols for the proper disposal of waste
 materials, and protect the health and safety of those soldiers serving
 in and about those areas. It was common knowledge that open-air 
incineration of toxic substances, including known carcinogens,
 endangered those individuals living in and about those areas. A
 company should not willfully disregard appropriate safety precautions 
and endanger US Solders heroically serving their country. 

The defendants are KBR, Inc., of Houston; Kellogg. Brown & Root LLC. 
of Austin, Texas; Kellogg, Brown & Root Services, Inc., of Houston; 
and Halliburton Company, of Houston. 

Attorney Contact: Jon L. Gelman, of Jon L. Gelman LLC, Wayne, NJ, 973.696.7900 or visit www.gelmans.com.